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    Rams pull even in San Fran.
    By Greg Beacham
    Associated Press
    Sunday, Oct. 03 2004

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- There was nothing wrong with the St. Louis Rams' offense
    that a trip to San Francisco couldn't fix.

    Marc Bulger passed for 186 yards, Marshall Faulk rushed for 121 more and St.
    Louis sent the woeful ***** to their first 0-4 start in 25 years with a 24-14
    victory on Sunday night.

    Isaac Bruce had seven catches for 100 yards as the Rams (2-2) got their
    ninth victory in 11 games against their longtime rivals. This one was out of
    reach early: St. Louis built a 24-0 halftime lead, and the sellout crowd booed
    San Francisco off the field while heading for the exits.

    Shaun McDonald caught a touchdown pass and Joey Goodspeed and Steven Jackson
    had 2-yard scoring runs for the Rams, who met little resistance while scoring
    on all four of their first-half drives.

    The Rams rushed for just 108 yards in their previous two games, both losses
    to teams that missed last season's playoffs. Coach Mike Martz was criticized
    for failing to maintain a balance in his pass-heavy schemes.

    But during four sophisticated drives consuming more than 20 minutes, Martz
    called 19 running plays and 18 passes in the first half. Running the ball was
    easy and fun for Faulk, who had his fifth 100-yard rushing game against the
    ***** -- but so was passing, catching, blocking and tackling.

    Tim Rattay, who missed the *****' previous two games with a separated
    shoulder, was 31-of-47 for 299 yards and two touchdowns, while tight end Eric
    Johnson had career highs of 10 catches for 113 yards.

    But despite three lengthy fourth-quarter drives, the ***** are winless after
    four games for the first time since 1979, the year Bill Walsh took over the
    franchise and led its transformation into a five-time Super Bowl champion.

    Last week, the ***** were shut out for the first time since 1977 in a 34-0
    loss to Seattle. After three more scoreless quarters against the Rams, they
    avoided another goose egg on Curtis Conway's 9-yard TD catch with 13:33 to play.

    Rattay, who passed for 134 yards in the fourth period, added an 18-yard TD
    pass to rookie Rashaun Woods with 16 seconds left.

    The ***** were an NFL-worst minus-7 in turnover differential entering the
    game, and they quickly padded their lead with a fumble and an interception in
    the first 16 minutes.

    After St. Louis went 80 yards on its opening drive, Rattay lost the ball on
    a hit by Tommy Polley late in the first quarter. Leonard Little recovered at
    the San Francisco 11, setting up McDonald's short TD catch.

    Jerametrius Butler picked off Rattay's pass down the sideline on the Niners'
    next possession, and St. Louis drove 79 yards for a field goal. The Rams then
    made a 91-yard drive, capped by Jackson's TD run with 29 seconds left in the

    The boos began in the first quarter, reaching a crescendo when Rattay's
    final first-half pass sailed 5 yards out of bounds. Meanwhile, Bulger was
    15-of-18 for 166 yards in the first half.

    San Francisco lost cornerback Mike Rumph to a broken right arm in the second

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  • RamWraith
    Rams regain their balance
    by RamWraith
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch

    SAN FRANCISCO - Coaches will try just about anything to motivate their teams. And in the days leading up to Sunday night's contest with San Francisco, Mike Martz told his squad he didn't think the ***** were very good.

    "Yeah, and he was (saying things) like - 'And it's San Francisco, and it's personal,'" defensive tackle Damione Lewis said.

    The Rams players apparently took the coach at his word. Offensively, they pounded the ***** on the ground, and in the air. Defensively, they harassed ***** quarterback Tim Rattay and kept running back Kevan Barlow bottled up most of the evening. The result was a much-needed 24-14 victory over rival San Francisco that evened the Rams' record at 2-2.

    "This win is very important to us," Martz said. "It's a good feeling, because we came out here the last two years and were embarrassed."

    The Rams lost 30-10 here a year ago and 37-13 here in 2002. But they dominated the ***** in the opening half, and really didn't let them back in the game in the second half - despite a couple of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

    Eschewing the traditional pregame player introductions, the Rams came out on the field en masse, headed directly to midfield, and proceeded to stomp on the *****' helmet painted on the turf at Monster Park. It proved to be symbolic of what was to come.

    By halftime, St. Louis had a 24-0 lead, had outgained the ***** 251 yards to 82, and had given NFC West-leading Seattle - next week's opponent - something to think about. Rediscovering the running game, the Rams had a 2-to-1 advantage in time of possession in the first half.

    After seeing their NFL-record 420-game scoring streak end last week in a shutout loss to Seattle, the ***** didn't get on the scoreboard Sunday until early in the fourth quarter, with a touchdown before a missed 2-point conversion. But it was too little, way too late.

    Isaac Bruce enjoyed his fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving game. Marshall Faulk enjoyed his second 100-yard rushing day of the season. The Rams are 26-0 when Faulk rushes for at least 100 yards.

    Fast and furious became methodical and productive on the Rams' opening drive. After running the ball only 15 times in each of the two previous games, Martz called nine running plays on the series, with Faulk handling the first eight carries for 34 yards.

    But the ninth carry went to - surprise! - fullback Joey Goodspeed. In his third season, Goodspeed made his first NFL carry a memorable one. On fourth and 1 from the San Francisco 2, he plowed up the middle for a touchdown.

    The surprises continued on the next play from scrimmage. The Rams sent linebacker Tommy Polley on a blitz and he hit ***** quarterback Tim Rattay from behind just as Rattay was about to throw downfield....
    -10-04-2004, 07:53 AM
  • RamDez
    Niners stun the Rams
    by RamDez
    By Greg Beacham
    Associated Press
    Sunday, Sep. 11 2005

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Coach Mike Nolan promised a new look and a better
    attitude in San Francisco. His ***** came through in his debut Sunday, when the
    NFL's worst team in 2004 looked nothing like its sad old self.

    Brandon Lloyd and Arnaz Battle caught second-quarter touchdown passes from
    Tim Rattay, and Michael Adams intercepted Marc Bulger's pass in San Francisco
    territory with 52 seconds left as the ***** hung on, 28-25 over their oldest
    rivals, the St. Louis Rams.

    Rookie Otis Amey returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown the first time he
    touched the ball for the *****, who erupted for 21 points in the second quarter
    -- more than last season's 2-14 team scored in any quarter of its wretched

    The *****' defense was on the field for nearly 40 minutes, but San Francisco
    held on for its first regular-season victory in regulation since Dec. 7, 2003.
    Both of the Niners' wins last season came in overtime against Arizona.

    Rattay, who beat out top draft pick Alex Smith to retain his starting job,
    went 11-of-16 for 165 yards, but his offense was shut out in the final 25
    minutes. The ***** hung on with just enough defense -- Nolan's specialty in a
    long career as an assistant coach.

    Brandon Manumaleuna caught a 6-yard TD pass from Bulger with 2:13 to play,
    and San Francisco ran just 53 seconds off the clock on its next drive. But
    Bulger threw a pass behind Isaac Bruce across the middle and Adams, the nickel
    back abused by the Rams all day, swiped the deflection out of Bruce's hands.

    Torry Holt caught 10 passes for 125 yards for the Rams, but San Francisco's
    defense sacked Bulger seven times and limited Steven Jackson to 20 yards
    rushing after the first quarter.

    With the Rams trailing throughout the second half, Bulger went 34-of-56 for
    362 yards. Marshall Faulk, the key to so many St. Louis victories in San
    Francisco over the years, was barely a factor as Jackson's backup.

    St. Louis' deliberate offense and an early fumble by Rattay limited the
    ***** to five offensive plays in the first quarter. But when Rattay hit Lloyd
    for a 35-yard TD midway through the second, the receiver jumped up and started
    rapping, using the ball as his microphone.

    Showtime was just starting in San Francisco.

    Amey, a Bay Area native and an undrafted free agent from Division I-AA
    Sacramento State, made a beautiful punt return for a score, swerving through
    the heart of St. Louis' coverage team before coasting to the finish.

    With Candlestick Park rocking for just the second time since late 2003,
    Terry Jackson recovered an onside kick for the *****. That drive stalled, but ...
    -09-11-2005, 06:49 PM
  • RamWraith
    Rams' late stand holds off *****
    by RamWraith
    By Greg Beacham

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Though the St. Louis Rams still have problems, they're nothing compared to the San Francisco *****' historic woes.

    Marc Bulger shook off another beating to pass for 155 yards and an early touchdown to Torry Holt, and the St. Louis defense was solid until the final seconds Sunday in a 13-9 victory over the *****, who lost their eighth straight.

    Bulger was sacked six times by the *****, who also sacked him six times in the clubs' first meeting. The Rams (2-8) couldn't score a touchdown after their opening drive and managed just 38 yards of offense in the second half, but the defense had little trouble with San Francisco's league-worst offense until two desperate fourth-quarter drives.

    After floundering all afternoon, the ***** (2-8) drove 68 yards in the final 1:28 to the St. Louis 21. But with 3 seconds to play, Trent Dilfer's final pass was intercepted at the goal line by Oshiomogho Atogwe.

    After the longest winless start in the franchise's 70-year history, the Rams have won both outings with Steven Jackson back in good health. The star running back had 92 persistent yards in his second full game after missing four weeks with a torn groin muscle and most of another game with a bulging disk in his back.

    Dilfer passed for 231 yards -- 141 in the fourth quarter -- while filling in for Alex Smith as the ***** slid into their longest losing streak since 1999. San Francisco hasn't won since its trip to St. Louis in mid-September, and hasn't scored a touchdown since the opening drive of its loss in Atlanta two weeks ago.

    San Francisco had a chance to tie it late, but tight end Vernon Davis and Darrell Jackson dropped tough potential touchdown catches on consecutive plays leading up to the 2-minute warning. Coach Mike Nolan settled for Joe Nedney's third field goal.

    Dilfer was 20-of-42 with an interception in his latest chance to fill in for Alex Smith, who sat out with a sore throwing arm that caused plenty of drama in San Francisco over the past week. Smith wore his helmet while watching on the sideline, but didn't play.

    After performing poorly in the *****' last three losses, Smith complained his arm wasn't as healthy as he or Nolan claimed, exposing a lack of communication between the coaching staff and its franchise quarterback.

    Until the final minutes, Dilfer couldn't spark an offense that managed 96 yards in the first three quarters before finishing with 244. The Rams' defense had its way with the San Francisco offensive line, repeatedly stopping Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore at the scrimmage line.

    Holt's 3-yard TD catch capped a 79-yard march on St. Louis' opening drive. Both defenses stiffened after that, particularly after halftime. Both teams combined for 29 net yards and one first down in the...
    -11-18-2007, 07:09 PM
  • RamWraith
    Backups lead Rams over SF
    by RamWraith
    By R.B. Fallstrom
    Associated Press
    Marshall Faulk's understudy looks like he's ready now.

    Steven Jackson ran for 119 yards on 26 carries, his first career 100-yard game, to help the St. Louis Rams compensate for Marc Bulger's shoulder injury in a 16-6 victory over the San Francisco ***** on Sunday. Jackson was the first running back taken in this year's draft and he took advantage of Faulk's bruised left knee to get his first full game.

    Bulger had taken every snap this season before leaving with a sprained right shoulder after a sack by Bryant Young late in the first quarter. His replacement, 38-year-old Chris Chandler, threw his first touchdown pass in more than a year, but also threw an interception into double coverage and lost a fumble.

    Chandler, the first quarterback other than Bulger to direct a St. Louis victory since the end of the 2001 season, was 18-for-27 for 216 yards and hit Torry Holt for a 22-yard score in the second quarter for the Rams' lone touchdown. He last threw a touchdown pass on Nov. 16, 2003 for the Bears -- against St. Louis.

    The Rams (6-6) added three field goals from Jeff Wilkins, two from 52 yards. The St. Louis defense sealed it against one of the worst teams in the NFL by holding the ***** (1-11) to 63 yards rushing on 27 carries.

    St. Louis had lost four of five and defense had been the main culprit, allowing 703 yards rushing to the last four opponents.

    Jerametrius Butler's interception at the 7 with 12:35 left and the Rams leading by a touchdown was St. Louis' biggest play, though. Butler stepped in front of Brandon Lloyd on a slant pattern for his fourth interception, and only the Rams' 11th takeaway of the season.

    Last year, St. Louis had 46 takeaways.

    Bulger entered the game with an NFL-leading 3,267 yards passing, 71 more than Peyton Manning. He was 3-for-4 for 22 yards before leaving with 1:40 left in the first quarter.

    Making matters worse, the player that Young beat, offensive tackle Grant Williams, also fell on top of Bulger. Williams, who has struggled for several weeks, was benched in the third quarter.

    Faulk had 123 yards rushing in the Rams' 24-14 victory at San Francisco on Oct. 10 and was active for the rematch, but he wasn't needed. The 231-pound Jackson carried eight times for 37 yards on St. Louis' opening drive that set up a 29-yard field goal by Wilkins.

    Jackson has started two other games in two-back sets, but Faulk had gotten the vast majority of the playing time. Jackson's previous bests were 64 yards rushing at Seattle on Oct. 10 and 13 carries against the Bucs on Oct. 18.

    Torry Holt had 10 catches for 160 yards to help the Rams go to 5-0 against the weak NFC West. The Rams are the fifth NFL franchise to win 500 games.

    Tim Rattay was 10-for-21 for 121 yards for the *****,...
    -12-05-2004, 02:22 PM
  • Curly Horns
    SaberCats win ArenaBowl XVIII
    by Curly Horns
    SaberCats top Rattlers to win ArenaBowl


    PHOENIX -- Mark Grieb set a record with eight touchdown passes, James Roe caught five to tie three more records and the San Jose SaberCats beat the Arizona Rattlers 69-62 Sunday for their second ArenaBowl title in three years.

    After nearly an hour of unrelenting offense, the final minute of the Arena Football League championship turned on defense.

    Arizona scored with 31 seconds left to get within 63-62, but coach Danny White opted for a 2-point conversion. Sherdrick Bonner rolled left and passed low to Hunkie Cooper, but San Jose's Omarr Smith broke up the pass.

    Then San Jose guard Chuck Reed took the ensuing onside kick, lumbering 7 yards to score with 30 seconds remaining.

    But Dan Frantz missed the point-after, leaving Arizona within seven points.

    As time ticked off, Bonner found Orshawante Bryant for three first downs - the last a 15-yard catch setting up the Rattlers on the San Jose 2 with two seconds left. Rashied Davis smothered Hunkie Cooper on Arizona's final play, knocking down Bonner's pass as the clock expired.

    San Jose's 2002 championship win came in a 52-14 rout of the rival Rattlers for the most lopsided win in ArenaBowl history. The victory snapped Arizona's 10-game winning streak, which included two regular-season wins over the SaberCats last month to steal the No. 1 playoff seed.

    It also halted a three-game string of losses to Arizona, which knocked San Jose out of last year's playoffs.

    Grieb eclipsed the seven TD passes thrown by Albany's Mike Pawlawski in 1999 and Grand Rapids' Clint Dolezel in 2001.

    Aside from Roe, Grieb hit Fred Coleman for 22- and 2-yard scores, James Hundon had a 33-yard scoring reception and Barry Wagner ran for a TD.

    Bonner set a record with 367 yards passing (Pawlawski, 327), and tossed seven TD passes - four to Siaha Burley and three to Bryant three.

    Cooper and Bo Kelly each rushed for a Rattlers TD.

    Roe's scoring grabs went for 8, 11, 3, 38 and 31 yards. Terrill Shaw of Grand Rapids set the records for scoring (30 points), TDs (five) and TD receptions against Nashville in 2001.

    Roe had four in the first half, and the threat he posed opened up Hundon and Coleman for go-ahead scores in the fourth quarter, breaking 49-49 and 56-56 ties, respectively.

    After Coleman's 2-yard catch made it 63-56 with 3:44 left, Burley returned the kickoff 21 yards to the 17 and capped a short drive with a 9-yard TD reception. But San Jose kept a one-point lead by stopping the two-point try.

    Roe's fourth score was a momentum-changer on a play that began with two seconds left in the second quarter and the score tied at 28.

    Roe caught the ball at midfield and weaved through arm tackles by Kelvin Hunter and Randy Gatewood...
    -06-29-2004, 10:52 AM